As someone who has experienced the Canadian system in childhood, I'd say the craziest, and probably worst, thing about
Canada's health care system is that private care (with a very few exceptions, including all dental care which, paradoxically, is entirely privatized) is completely illegal. Hence, the only safety valve to jump a sometimes months long que for certain surgeries or tests, or an all-day wait in a waiting room sometimes for a minor emergency, is to drive or fly south to the U.S.. At least most of the European socialized medical systems operate in tandem with a separate private health care system, so you can take your pick. The U.S. system of course is a bit of a joke in terms of bang for the buck- the world's priciest system is, when one averages it all out, still mediocre. But I think some sort of dual system is a better model than the Canadian system, which doesn't allow much patient choice if they are willing to spend more, other than go south. The other thing about
a universal health care system is that it may appear to function now, but may be completely disfunctional in a few decades when baby boom demographics result in each young worker supporting the system's expenditures on five or six retired people; i.e. there is never a free lunch.
Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative)
Some partial success with TSO but was too expensive to keep up
Currently Remicade and lots of probiotics, tapering pred again, maybe surgery this year
Post Edited (Probiotic) : 3/28/2009 9:27:40 PM (GMT-6)